The Opening Tip
UALR (10-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) looks to remain undefeated in conference play while Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6, 0-3 SBC) is looking for its first conference win when the Trojans battle the Ragin' Cajuns Saturday (Dec. 29). Tip time is 5 p.m. in the Cajundome.
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- UALR (10-1, 3-0 SBC) travels to Lafayette, La. to
battle the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. It will be the first time the two teams have squared off in the
- The Trojans' 10-game winning streak against the
Ragin' Cajuns is their longest current winning streak against any Sun Belt
Conference school. The last win for UL-Lafayette came on Dec. 28, 2006 (65-61).
- After dropping its first six contests ever in Lafayette, UALR
has won the last five by an average margin of 12.6
- With a win, it will be UALR's 100th Sun Belt Conference win
under head coach Joe Foley.
The Ragin' Cajuns are 0-3 in SBC play and lost those contests by an average of
21 points. However, ULL has beaten
Conference USA-favorite Tulane in New Orleans.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the game 6-6 overall
and 0-3 in Sun Belt play. It has been an up-and-down season for the
Ragin' Cajuns. In its last two games, it won at Conference-USA favorite Tulane
65-64 (Dec. 19) before losing 77-53 at Arkansas State (Dec. 22).
the Red Wolves, the Ragin' Cajuns scored the game's first two points before ASU
went on a 25-7 run, including 13 unanswered. Louisiana-Lafayette never got any
closer than seven the rest of the way.
Louisiana-Lafayette is sixth in the conference with 18.1 turnovers per game, it
compensates by forcing 23.2 opponent miscues per game. The +5.08 turnover
margin is the second-best mark in the Sun Belt. The Ragin' Cajuns also lead
the conference with 13.1 steals per game.
four players average nine points or more per game. Sylvana Okde leads the way
with 12.6 points per game while Keke Veal adds 10.9. Byronesha Santiago pulls
down eight rebounds per game.
In three conference games, ULL has lost by an average of 21
Flashback to Last Year
scored the game's first 12 points and never looked back in a 55-41 win at
Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 8, 2012. The Ragin' Cajuns cut the deficit to five in the second half and
trailed 41-35 before a UALR 14-0 spurt pushed the lead to double-digits for good.
Clark came off the bench to lead a balanced Trojan scoring attack with 12
points. Taylor Gault and Janette Merriex added nine while Taylor Ford and
Hannah Fohne added eight points. Ford added a game-high nine rebounds,
helping UALR to a 42-24 edge on the boards.
Brown scored seven to lead all returners for ULL.
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Going for the Century Mark
head coach Joe Foley enters Saturday's contest with a 99-50 record in
Sun Belt Conference play. With a win, he will become only the eighth head
coach in league history with 100 wins.
After an 11-31 record
in his first three seasons, Foley is 88-19 in the last seven years. During
those seven years (including 2012-13), Foley's teams are averaging 12.6 SBC
wins per year.
Holding the Lead...
Trojans keep a tight grip on their leads this season. In its 10 wins this
season, UALR has only trailed a total of 25:26 of a possible 320 minutes. UALR
has not faced a deficit in 4-of-5 games the entire month of December. If you
take out the South Alabama game in which it trailed 17:46 for the game, UALR
has trailed only 7:40 in 300 minutes in its wins.
...But also Coming from Behind
a 23-22 deficit at halftime at South Alabama on Dec. 22, it was the first time
UALR had trailed at the break. The Trojans trailed by as much
as seven in the first half, its largest deficit in more than a month (17,
Missouri State, Nov. 15). Down 15-8, UALR went on an 11-3 run to retake the
led 27-24 with 19:13 left in the game before UALR went on a 14-0 run. The 14
unanswered is the seventh time in 11 games, and third in the last four
contests, that UALR has scored 10 or more in a row this season.
Grab That Ball
Fohne has been a force to be reckoned with in the low post. Averaging
only 4.1 rebounds per game each of her first two seasons, Fohne is averaging
8.0 rebounds per game after a career-best 16 rebounds against South Alabama Dec. 22. In fact, she beat her previous best (11) with 12 rebounds in the
first half alone.
only one game her freshman season with double-digit boards, Fohne already has
accomplished this feat four times in 11 games.
Trojans Rewind: South Alabama
UALR trailed for the majority of the first half, but
the Trojans overcame its first halftime deficit of the season for the 49-40
early in the second half, a lay up by freshman Jakeisha Wells and a
jumper by senior Janette Merriex sparked a 14-0 run. UALR never led by
less than six the rest of the way. The Trojans hit 5-7 from the charity stripe
over the final 1:14 to put the game away.
Sophomore Taylor Gault scored 13 while junior Hannah Fohne pulled down a career-best
16 rebounds. In fact, Fohne bested her previous career-high (11) with 12 rebounds
in the first half alone.
gave up a season-half low 17 points to South Alabama.
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UALR opens up 2013 when it plays host to Western Kentucky on Thursday, Jan.
3. Tip-off against the Hilltoppers is set for 5:15 p.m.